Review: The Lovebirds is the underrated rom-com that never loses its cute

Not only are the romances adorable, but the family interactions between the Shi family always brings a smile to my face. “Sister-in-laws” Zhao Liying and Zhou Fang remain bff’s to this day due to the drama.

Zhao Liying has grown into such a versatile actress with a plethora of solid dramas under her belt, but she’ll always have a special place in my heart as the spritely Su Huan’er in The Lovebirds 错点鸳鸯/戏点鸳鸯. With a low-budget and almost no big names at the time, The Lovebirds is like a good web-production before they were a thing. The set is bare and the costumes are cheap, but the cast is adorable and the interactions are cute X 1000.

The two-part drama series is split into the two parts, each very loosely adapted from a separate book by Xi Juan (Wrong Carriage, Right Groom). The first half originally told of a timetraveller who accidentally becomes the newly-wed wife of a warlord of the Shi family while the second tells of a crossdressing inspector who seeks refuge under the Shi family while seeking revenge for her father.

The Lovebirds is available with English subs here.

Zhao Liying as Su Huan’er:

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Promos Round-Up : Please Give Me a Pair of Wings

Follow Ju Jingyi as she first breaks out of prison and then tries to clear both her own and her wrongly convicted father’s names while hiding from the law.

Prison break drama Please Give Me a Pair of Wings 请赐我一双翅膀 airs on Tencent today. Starring Ju Jingyi, Aaron Yan, Zhang Yuxi, Han Dong, Merxat, and Wang Yitong, the series airs every Tuesday-Saturdays on Tencent here today (so far not region blocked) . More stills, trailer, and a weird official plot that seems to have nothing to do with the drama here.

OP by Aaron Yan, ED by Ju Jingyi ; Insert song by Hu Shasha:

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Ju Jingyi, Aaron Yan, Zhang Yuxi, Han Dong, Merxat break out of prison in new drama

Prison break action flick or inspirational female educational-attainment film? Either way, it’ll probably end up being mostly a romance.

In what looks like Prison Break meets Orange is the New Black,  Ju Jingyi, Aaron Yan, Zhang Yuxi, Han Dong, and  Merxat star in Republican-era  Please Give Me a Pair of Wings 请赐我一双翅膀.  There are two versions of the plot, both from very official sources, so I’m not sure which one is real, but one that the Baidu Baike and the trailer seem  to suggest the series features the female lead hanging out and eventually teaming up with other prisoners to break out of jail after being accused of murder while her friends try to clear her name from the outside.

Trailer, alternate plot,  and lots of stills below

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Two teasers for Ren Jialun, Tan Songyun’s Beneath the Brocade Robes

The silent film teaser for Beneath the Brocade Robes describes Lu Yi (Ren Jialun) as a shrewd secret police officer / jinyiwei who has formidable martial arts skills. On the other hand, the tomboyish Yuan Jinxia (Tan Songyun) is a poor constable of Liushanmen who is barely capable of protecting herself from bandits.

10 second teaser of the OTP

Seems like the YouTube trailers keep getting taken down, so here it is on Bilibili.

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Promo Round-up: Lost Love in Times

Lost Love in Times stars Liu Shishi (The Battle at the Dawn) as Feng Qingchen, a sorceress who lives for love. Her love interest is Yuan Ling (William Chan), a prince who decides to avenge his father’s death by rebelling against the current Emperor (Liu Yijun). Qingchen opens a parallel universe to prevent an uprising by seventh prince Yuan Zhan (Xu Haiqiao), and everyone’s memories except hers are wiped clean.

The 54 episode drama will air every Thursday to Friday beginning tonight.

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